Coming back from microfracture surgery is never an easy thing, but for Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, it looks like he might be able to make a full recovery and be ready to go by the time the season starts in San Diego.
According to an article on MLB.com today, Turner, and also the team, remain adamant about him being 100 percent by the time Opening Day rolls around. If he is, then that’s a major shot in the arm for the team at an area of need.
From Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
He and the team insist he’s right on schedule in his recovery, with the expectation he’ll be 100 percent ready to go by Opening Day.
That wasn’t all, though. The vital cog at third base had this to say about it all:
“My game plan is not just to be ready Opening Day, but to be 100 percent in baseball shape for Opening Day,” said Turner.
From all the reports, it sounds like Turner is exactly on track to play on Opening Day. And, in his words, potentially not even be ready to play but in “100 percent baseball shape” by that time.
As it currently stands, the Dodgers are hoping that Turner can man the hot corner once again in 2016 while they have other utility options in the infield that can fill in for him as far as spot duty goes. Whether that’s Howie Kendrick one day, Chase Utley another day, or even Kike Hernandez remains to be seen. But the options are there on the club now.
Perhaps that’s one of the bright spots about Howie Kendrick’s return. It no longer puts a ton of pressure on Turner to rush himself back. Now he can take his time, make sure it’s done right, and be ready to play. As of now, it sounds like he’s right on track. Let’s hope the good news keeps rolling in.